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Catholic attendance down

Roman Catholic worship attendance in the U.S. declined from 75 percent in 1955 to 42 percent in 2008, according to a Gallup poll.

Overall worship attendance at Protestant churches is now 47 percent.

“Whatever the causes ... U.S. Catholics’ once-nearly uniform obedience to their church’s requirement of weekly mass attendance has faded,” said Gallup’s Lydia Saad, “and Catholics are now no different from Protestants in their likelihood to attend church.”


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